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My heart goes out to Angeline and her family. This is a tragedy and hopefully justice will be served.
This whole thing totally sickens me. I grew up near St. Dom's and attended the school and church. It used to be such a nice area. I drove through there when I was home at Christmas and was shocked by what the area has turned into. It is very scarey to be around there. Why can't people take care of those beautiful old houses? They just let them fall apart and burn them down. It's disgusting.
We need to step back and think why this happened. What can be done to prevent this from happening in the future? The legal system of Youngstown has always been more corrupt than not. It's no secret that people get "paid off". Maybe this is a wake up call. Voters can make a difference at election time. People can also start the ball rolling on investigating these judges, prosecutors', etc. What happened to poor Angeline should never have happened. But Y-town has the power to ensure this does not happen again.
Don't let Angeline's death be for naught. Keep up the fight to make sure Jamar is sentenced to the fullest. Start watch groups to keep tabs on the judges/proceutors. I no longer live in the area but you can be darn sure I would be monitoring this case with a fine tooth comb!
Another thing to look into is getting some business to move into the area and get all these people off of the welfare system. The problem here is that Y-town has such a terrible reputation that most businesses are not attracted enough to move to the area. The mayor needs to do something about this. Start some kind of plan to keep kids in school and train their parents for a trade. Teach them to do something productive and keep them off the streets and selling drugs. I don't want to hear about Jamar not having a good upbringing. We are all born with a free will and the ability to chose right or wrong. Even if you have a bad upbringing does not mean you will chose to do wrong. I've known many people that came from bad parts of town, had parents that did drugs, etc. and these people had a will to surpass this way of life. They completed high school, some went to college, got jobs and they are respectable citizens. Jamar did not do this. He chose to do wrong and not respect life.
Jamar killed a poor innocent elderly woman at church. He obviously has no respect for anyone or anything. He needs to be kept off the streets and if that means me paying for him to be in there for the rest of his life, so be it. Out of respect for Angeline and her family, I will gladly pay to keep Jamar in prison so that he is not afforded the opportunity to do this again.
February 2, 2010 at 1:37 p.m.